We are nearing the end of our time looking at the book of Ruth, and we are reaching the ending that we all hoped for. In this passage, Boaz redeems Ruth and marries her. Boaz had been speaking to another man about redeeming Ruth instead of himself. The other man decided not to redeem her since it would complicate the inheritance that he would be leaving to his children. Since he was the only other candidate, Boaz was in line to redeem her. At this act of redemption, the elders and witnesses celebrated and encouraged them. The Lord blessed Ruth and Boaz with a son.
Since the Bible is ultimately a book about God, we have to look at this example of God’s faithfulness for what it is—a beautiful picture of love and redemption that God shows us. This book would be misused to say that if you are a faithful and loving Christian that God will bless you with marriage and children. But what we can take away is the most important thing: that God has extended his loving kindness and redemption through Christ who died on the cross for our sin!
Thinking of your own relationship with God, are you looking more for what God can give you, or are you growing in your love for God and contentment in who He is and what He has already done for you in Christ?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice